Mission Sourires d'Afrique

Every day around the world, children are born with congenital malformations of the face such as cleft lips and/or cleft palates. Unfortunately, they do not all have the good fortune of receiving medical treatment that would allow them to lead normal lives.

In Canada, infants are operated on in the first three months to correct such malformations of the lip and palate. However, in Africa, access to specialized care of this nature is rare. For children affected by these facial malformations, eating and drinking become great challenges. If they are lucky enough to survive, they grow up with a severe facial deformity and significant speech problems. They are often ostracized within their community and even considered cursed due to their condition; as a result, they are often unable to attend school or find work.

The goal of Mission Sourires d'AfriqueMSA »), an organization based in the Province of Quebec, is to assist these children in need. By means of facial reconstructive surgery, its volunteer medical team provides free operations to enable young African children to be able to eat better, to express themselves more clearly, to develop a sense of self-esteem, and to regain the ability to smile and become happy and outgoing members of their local communities.